School Rumble
Volume 7

Author: Jin Kobayashi
Artist: Jin Kobayashi
RRP: £6.99, US $10.95
ISBN: 978 0 099 50674 4
Ages: 13+
Available 04 October 2007

She is a second-year high school student with a single all-consuming question: will the boy she likes ever really notice her? He is the school's most notorious juvenile delinquent and he's suddenly come to a shocking realisation: he's got a huge crush, and now he must tell her how he feels. Life-changing obsessions, colossal foul-ups, grand schemes, deep-seated anxieties, and raging hormones -
School Rumble portrays high school as over-the-top comedy...

The love of Harima Kenji's life has made it clear that she will not return his feelings. Broken-hearted, Harima decides to run away and become a fisherman, sailing Japan's high seas. Once aboard, however, Harima finds himself up against mean spirited shipmates and a brutal captain who is almost too muscle-bound to be real. Can Harima measure up and just what is the captain's dark secret which he wants to keep hidden from his crew?

After a couple of rather below par releases, Jin Kobayashi is back on track with the seventh collection in the School Rumble series. Love is a dangerous thing and the tangled web that's being weaved is getting worse for poor old Harima. Tenma Tsukamoto still doesn't realise that Harima is in love her and is convinced that he has fallen for a mystery girl. She is delighted that her friend has found love, but Harima takes this to be a sure sign that she has no romantic feelings for him.

However, when Tenma's younger sister starts helping Harima with a top secret project, Tenma believes that this is the girl he has feelings for. She is a little shocked, but also pleased for them both. But, the more Harima tries to explain they are just friends, the more it appears that they are really an item.

This collection has quite a few short stories, meaning that you don't feel that you have to read this in one sitting. The art work and writing are back to Kobayashi's high standard, making this a hard volume to dislike.

Amber Leigh

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